Williamston seeking grant for depot restoration

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During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council heard an update on the Spring Water Festival, approved second reading on an ordinance regulating unwanted deliveries and approved funding the Hot Air Affair Event.

Springwater Committee Chairman David Meade invited the mayor and councilmembers to the opening ceremony of the Spring Water Festival at 9:15 am Saturday, Aug. 28.
The two day event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Meade said vendor applications are steadily coming in and that the festival will include some new activities, a variety of food items and “something for all ages”. A golf cart parade will also be held this year, he said. Increasing COVID numbers may be a concern, however Meade said the event is held outdoors with plenty of space for social distancing.

Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor said the police department is planning a National Night Out event with details to be announced soon.
Chief Taylor recognized Sgt. Lauren E. Mulz for “an exceptional job” in investigating burglary and auto break-in incidents in the mill village on July 5. Chief Taylor said Mulz used personal initiative and skills to collect evidence leading to the arrest of three suspects. Sgt. Mulz has been a member of the Williamston Police Department for 12 years.

Sgt. Multz recognized
Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor recognized Sgt. Lauren E. Mulz for “an exceptional job” in investigating burglary and auto break-in incidents in the mill village on July 5. Pictured are (l-r) Lt. L. B. Culbertson, Sgt. L. E. Mulz, Police Chief Tony Taylor, Mayor Rockey Burgess. Sgt. Mulz has been a member of the Williamston Police Department for 12 years.

Council approved second reading on an ordinance regulating the delivery of unsolicited materials such as sale papers and other printed materials. Councilman Lee Cole, who attended the meeting by phone, proposed the ordinance which he said addressed an issue that has been resolved and provides an effective way to handle the distribution of materials as provided by the constitution.

Council also approved funding of $10,000 for the Anderson Cancer Association Hot Air Affair balloon event to be held over the Labor Day weekend in Williamston. The funding will pay for lodging, food and other expenses for balloon pilots and the event provides funding for the local Cancer Association to provide a life changing activity, transportation and other things for cancer patients.

Council approved Roderick Houston as a member of the Planning Commission. Houston was recommended by Councilman Tony Hagood.

At the request of Mayor Rockey Burgess, council tabled adoption of a social media policy. Burgess requested the action to allow him to develop an administrative policy to handle the issue.
Council approved a resolution to provide a $1,250 match for a $25,000 Hometown Economic Development Grant. The grant and five percent match will be used to abate lead paint, repaint and other renovation on the historic depot building.
Burgess read a short letter from Betty Hill of Pelzer thanking the town for having the recent July 4th Freedom Celebration activities.